Home Invasion

Knowing When It's Time To Hire

  • You have to turn down assignments due to time constraints.
  • You miss deadlines or don't complete assignments satisfactorily.
  • You spend more than 50 percent of your time handling tasks like typing and filing.
  • You consistently work more than 10 hours per day, plus weekends.
  • You often miss one or more meals during the workday due to lack of time.
  • Your family complains about your lack of attention (or worse, you've begun to snap at family members for intruding on your work time, even though it's a weekend).
  • You cancel activities with your family to catch up on work.
  • You have to hire contractors or temporary employees to help you catch up.
  • You feel stressed and overworked, and your health is beginning to suffer (e.g., you've begun to experience headaches, insomnia, indigestion and similar stress-related problems).
  • You're beginning to wonder whether your business is worth the hassle and stress.

There's no magic number to this quiz. For some, just one of these symptoms is enough to demonstrate the need for assistance. Others may discover they've already scored a "perfect" 10--a good indication it's time to hang a "help wanted" sign in the window.

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